About Us

Wee Wisdom Montessori Schools are owned by Anna Chan (nee Stowell) and her husband Colin. Anna was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and as a young adult travelled the world extensively working in the field of alternative therapies. Anna was first exposed to the Montessori Method when she collected her second cousin from a Montessori preschool in Christchurch. Inspired by the Method, Anna trained as a Montessori teacher and worked in two Montessori schools in Auckland. In 1998 Anna met Colin and with a combined vision of making Montessori education increasingly available to a variety of families, they opened their first school on the North Shore of Auckland in 2002. Since the opening of their first school Anna and Colin have gone on to open three more Montessori schools in the Auckland area. Together they plan to continue advocating for the child’s right for a quality early education by making Montessori education more accessible.

In 2009, Wee Wisdom Montessori Preschool Drury was awarded the title of ‘KiwiPrint Best Small Business’ in Papakura and Franklin through the Stevenson Business Excellence Programme. To achieve this award Wee Wisdom Montessori had to submit a document which detailed its business. This included an overall view of leadership, strategic planning, administration, communication with parents and staff, and how systems and processes work to ensure quality.

The Stevenson Business Excellence Programme no longer runs since the amalgamation of all Auckland suburbs into the super city. Wee Wisdom Montessori was honoured to take part in the last awards for Papakura and Franklin as it enabled us to reflect on our business. Through this reflection, areas of our business were highlighted so that we could see what works effectively and produces the quality we consistently try to achieve, as well as areas that need more focus. Wee Wisdom Montessori continually strives to improve through ongoing self review.